Georgian man in a chokha
Part of a series on
Ancient Kartvelian people
History of Georgia

A chokha (Georgian: ჩოხა chokha or ტალავარი t'alavari; Abkhazian: акәымжәы, translit. akʷymzhʷy; Adyghe: цые, translit. tsiya; Persian: چوغا‎, translit. chughā; Armenian: չուխայ, translit. choukha(y); Azerbaijani: çuxa;[1] Chechen: чокхиб, translit. ҫoqib; Kabardian: цей, translit. tsei; Lezgian: чуха, translit. chukha; Ossetian: цухъхъа, translit. cuqqa; Russian: черкеска, translit. cherkeska; Ukrainian: черкеска, translit. cherkeska) is a woolen coat with a high neck that is part of the traditional male dress of the peoples of the Caucasus.[2]

History and revival

Georgian King Luarsab II of Kartli depicted in a chokha

The chokha has been in wide use among Georgians[3] from the 9th century until the 1920s.[4] It is still used in Georgia as a symbol of national pride, and is frequently worn by Georgian men at weddings and official functions.[5] Worn by Georgians for more than a thousand years, the high-necked wool coat was rarely seen during Soviet rule, but now, for many, it symbolizes pride in the country's past and resistance to its occupation.[6]

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered high-ranking Georgian officials working abroad to present themselves in national costumes, including the chokha, at official meetings.[7][better source needed]

Other Languages
Адыгэбзэ: Цей
azərbaycanca: Çuxa
Deutsch: Tschocha
Esperanto: Ĉoĥo
français: Tcherkeska
ГӀалгӀай: Чокхи
Bahasa Indonesia: Chokha
Ирон: Цухъхъа
italiano: Chokha
עברית: צ'וחה
ქართული: ჩოხა
lietuvių: Čerkesė
norsk: Tsjoha
русский: Черкеска
Simple English: Chokha
svenska: Tjocha
українська: Черкеска